This former industrial district in the coastal city of Porto is now its commercial hub. Its towering skyscrapers are home to many businesses and banks. Most visitors to Bonfim use it as a base from which to explore the many attractions of Oporto. The wonderfully mild weather prevalent here allows tourists to wander about all day drinking in the sights and sounds of the city. And there are many outdoor activities they can indulge in as well thanks to the constant sunshine. To ensure their stay is as comfortable and pleasant as possible, visitors can choose accommodation that suits their unique needs and budget. There are well-maintained studios, beautiful apartments as well as luxurious villas.
There is much to see, both of historical and cultural value in Bonfim and the larger Porto. The city is littered with beautiful monuments of historical significance and also has a number of museums that will give visitors a glimpse into Portugal’s illustrious past. Those who revel in the lively atmosphere of markets will not want to miss shopping in the colourful Bolhão Market. Among the things they can come away with are freshly baked bread, different types of cheese and fresh fish. And when it comes to relaxation, there are few places in Porto more conducive than the immaculate gardens of the local Crystal Palace. What better way to pass an afternoon than strolling though fields of exotic plants patrolled by preening peacocks? Porto is known internationally as a wine-production centre and no savvy tourist will want to leave without passing by one of the many wine cellars there for a sampling session.
Even for those who are not soccer enthusiasts, a visit to Estádio do Dragão provides a scintillating experience. It is where the Portuguese giants FC Porto play their home games and visitors lucky enough to catch these former Champions League winners in action will never forget the electric atmosphere in the stadium. For a bit of religious history visitors can visit the Bonfim Parish which was constructed over two decades between 1874 and 1894. Its twin bell towers are the features that stand out most in this structure though there are also some interesting paintings inside. To see an ancient monument with more captivating architecture, visitors should make their way to the Torre de Clerigos which was designed by Italian artist Nicolau Nasoni. Its unique, intricately modelled tower was once the tallest in all of Portugal. The visibility of this structure from great distances allowed it to guide ships home in the past.
This part of Portugal boasts magnificently mild weather which ensures visitors are not scorched in summer or frozen cold in winter. Summer highs average at a moderate 25°C while the lowest winter temperatures still remain safely above freezing at 6°C. Rainfall should be expected mostly in winter.
The Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport is Porto’s gateway to the world and a number of international airlines such as Lufthansa have flights there. But a cheaper way to get there is on chartered planes such as Ryanair and EasyJet which fly from London, Paris and a number of other European cities. Car rentals and taxis are available there.